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Building Cultural Legacies: Art Retrospective 1950-2000

Building Cultural Legacies narrates the creative landscape in Hamilton between 1950-2000. Community members are welcome to a demonstration of the website, meet the team, offer feedback, and to experience the new temporary mural installed on the main floor of the library.

Building Cultural Legacies is a digital storytelling platform that aims to build knowledge, spark creativity and deepen connection by engaging citizens from diverse communities and generations in the sharing of stories about the history of visual arts in Hamilton between 1950 and 2000.

The arts have been a significant force in the shaping of Hamilton. Its current vibrancy owes much to the efforts of those who came before us, and yet this history is at risk of being lost or forgotten as individuals who lived and worked through these decades age and pass on.

Building Cultural Legacies will provide a space for today’s generation of artists and residents to value the significant contributions made by their predecessors and will set the stage for Hamilton’s continued cultural growth.

Please RSVP through our Facebook event.  If you have any questions, please contact Alexis Moline at

Included in the project’s historical retrospective will be images featuring McMaster’s own art faculty (circa early 1990s).  Below, Judy Major-Girardin with Niamh O’Laoghaire (note film edges in the analog photo), and Graham Todd, sculpting.

                 Photo credit: Vesna Trkjula